We’re guessing you’ve never visited Tasmania. Don’t feel bad, you probably seek more sun and sand than the cool-climate island has to offer. But what Tasmania lacks in heat and cocktails, it more than makes up for in friendly faces, great food and unbelievable wine.
The Tasmanian Wine Industry is in unprecedented form. Home to some of the country’s best cool-climate wines, the Apple Isle is making noise in a country largely dominated by warmer climate regions. TVG popped along to the recent Tasmania Un-bottled event and found a veritable smorgasbord of impossibly high-end wines.
In a nutshell … Tasmania’s wine production is dictated by a marginal climate. The landscape is dominated by dolerite-capped mountains that do their utmost to protect the country’s scattered vineyards from high wind and rainfall. Home to 230 vineyards, 70 cellar doors and some truly lovely wine, there’s value to be found in every corner and these are the wines to look out for …
House of Arras Grand Vintage 2004
Winemaker of the year in 2011, Ed Carr was on hand to pour his super premium 2004 Grand Vintage. A traditional blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir this wine sets the benchmark for Australian sparkling.
Sporting a medium straw colour and delightful golden hue, this vintage sparkling is a multifaceted blend of aromas. Bursting with lifted tones of honey and biscuit, the palate is rich with a fine mix of brioche, cinnamon and lemon curd. A faultless, classy sparkling that you will undoubtedly love.
Frogmore Creek FGR Riesling 2010
Highly acclaimed and hugely sought-after, the wines of Frogmore Creek are genuine cool-climate masterpieces. Sustainable, pure and enigmatic among us mainland folk, Frogmore Creek are producing wines leaps and bounds above the rest.
Fragrant with hints of lemon blossom, citrus and kiwifruit, this wine holds an exquisite cool-climate minerality and structure that lingers long after the wine has been consumed. Medium sweet (40 odd grams of R/S) and a refreshing change from the dry Rieslings of the mainland, this wine was the star of the show.
Dalrymple Single Domaine Block T36 Pinot Noir 2009
A wine that changes each year, winemaker Peter Caldwell seeks to explore differing expressions of Pinot Noir from varying sites across the state. He samples grapes from across the island producing each vintage from the finest he can get his hands on.
Ruby in the glass, this gorgeous Pinot Noir has near perfect weight and depth of colour. Producing lifted aromas of dark fruits, plums and blackberries; T36 shows attractive notes of herb and rich, ripe fruit. Fragrantly brilliant, this classic Pinot has shades of Burgundy about it – a ‘must drink’ for those who love quality Pinot.
We were also lucky enough to chat to Nick Glaetzer – for those of you who don’t know, Nick and his family are very much Australian winemaking royalty. The 2011 Jimmy Watson Trophy winner, Nick was kind enough to produce the wine that won the accolade, the truly unbelievable Mon Pere Shiraz. Seamlessly integrated with lifted berry aromas and herbal elements, this wine is the first Tasmanian Shiraz to win the Jimmy Watson, more than proving the point we are trying to make here.